U.S. Women Named USOC's Best of January

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Feb. 09, 2016, 11:04 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 9, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team has been named Best of January for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.

The U.S. Women qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by winning the four-team NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament held Jan. 7-9 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Americans defeated Canada, Puerto Rico and Dominican to earn one of 12 spots into the 2016 Olympic Games. The title-clinching victory over Dominican Republic was broadcast live on NBC Sports with 10,213 fans watching in Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The U.S. has now won six of its last seven tournaments dating back to the 2014 FIVB World Championship title it won in Italy. The Americans have now earned berths into the Olympic Games for the ninth consecutive time.

Team USA returns to action in June when it defends its FIVB World Grand Prix title won last July in Omaha. The Americans will host Japan, Turkey and Germany June 17-19 during the second preliminary round weekend in Long Beach, California. For ticket information and tournament new, click here.

Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. An internal nominating committee selects five nominees from both the male and female categories, and three from the team category to advance to the voting round. Votes received from NGB representatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.

In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by Coca-Cola, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Kellogg’s, Samsung and USG.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament
# - Name (Position, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 – Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State University)
2 – Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, University of Nebraska)
3 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., University of Washington)
6 – Tori Dixon (MB, 6-3, Burnsville, Minn., University of Minnesota)
10 – Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., University of Nebraska)
11 – Megan Easy (OH, 6-3, Boston, Mass., Penn State University)
13 – Christa Dietzen (MB, 6-2, Hopewell Township, Pa., Penn State University)
14 – Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State University)
15 – Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine University)
16 – Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford University)
17 – Natalie Hagglund (L, 5-9, Encinitas, Calif., University of Southern California)
22 – Rachael Adams (MB, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, University of Texas)
23 – Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Bartlett, Ill., University of Nebraska)
25 – Karsta Lowe (OPP, 6-4, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., UCLA)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Jamie Morrison and Tom Black
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Team Manager: Denise Sheldon
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek
Doctor: Dr. Andrew Gregory
Consultant Coach: David Hunt
Strength Coach: James Stitz

2016 NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament Schedule

Jan. 7
Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico 17‐25, 25‐13, 25‐23, 25‐23
USA def. Canada 25-18, 25-18, 25-15

Jan. 8
Dominican Republic def. Canada 25-27, 25-16, 26-24, 25-21
USA def. Puerto Rico 25-14, 24-26, 25-12, 25-14

Jan. 9
Canada def. Puerto Rico 32-30, 25-17, 25-20
USA def. Dominican Republic 25-19, 25-19, 25-18